International House Philadelphia

Updated
1 Dec 2016

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A still from Bob & Carol & Ted & Alice, directed by Paul Mazursky, 1969, 35mm, 105 min.

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Image courtesy of International House Philadelphia.

Founded in 1910, International House Philadelphia (IHP) is a unique arts and culture community center located in University City. IHP presents a wide variety of film, art, music, and cultural programming. It is also home to nearly 400 visiting students, scholars, and interns, from over 65 countries, serving as a hub for multicultural dialogue and exchange. IHP has received Center support for several of its curated programs. In 2011, the Center supported a series of concerts, featuring the historic and creative work of the Sonic Arts Union: a collective founded in 1966 by composer-performers Robert Ashley, Alvin Lucier, David Behrman, and Gordon Mumma. In 2012, the Center supported Pop Cinema, the first exhibition to present its subject as a distinct film genre. Most recently, in 2013, IHP received Center support for the film exhibit, and accompanying catalog, titled Free to Love: Cinema of the Sexual Revolution. Curated by Jesse Pires, Free to Love: Cinema of the Sexual Revolution revisited pioneering films from the 1960s and '70s, from artists Valie Export, Barbara Hammer, Jack Smith, Andy Warhol, and many others who brought sex and sexuality to the foreground of public consciousness in the West, during an era associated with the expansion of gender equality and the assertion of personal power through sexual expression and liberation.